Jesus teaches people by telling stories

Jesus told many stories to help people to understand Godís message

Marion Cooper

This study is one of a series of Studies in Mark's Gospel in EasyEnglish.

A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them.



Mark 4:33-34 (see Mark's Gospel in EasyEnglish)


Crowds of people often listened to Jesus. He used *parables when he spoke to the people in the crowds. Parables are stories that are told in picture language. Jesus talked about things that the people knew well. Then they could learn and understand about God. Jesus always spoke to the people in that way. He taught them as much as they could understand.

Jesus also taught his friends, the *disciples. He took them away from the crowds. Then he taught the disciples more. They also asked him questions. They wanted to learn and they wanted to understand. Jesus explained everything to his disciples.

Questions to ask

V33†† How did Jesus teach the people who were in the crowds?

V33†† Why did Jesus teach the people only by telling stories?

V34†† How did Jesus teach his disciples?

V34†† Why did Jesus teach his disciples in that way?

V34†† Why did the disciples understand more than the people who were in the crowds?

V34†† Why was it important for the disciples to learn well?

Something to do

Jesus wanted people to understand what he taught them. He told stories so that it was easy for people in the crowds to understand.

He wanted to explain everything to his disciples. He answered their questions when they were away from the crowds. When it was quieter he could teach the disciples better.

Are you careful when you talk to people about God? Do you use words that they can understand? Can you answer their questions?

Words to explain

Disciple ~ a person who wants to do the same things as another person and learn from them; a person who does what Jesus taught.

Parable ~ a story, like those that Jesus told to explain the things that he taught; a saying or a story from which you can understand two things; a story that has a secret meaning.